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1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dies in hospital

Mustafa Dossa, one of the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, died at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital.

mumbai Updated: Jun 28, 2017 15:48 IST
Presley Thomas
Presley Thomas
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Mustafa Dossa leaves from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.
Mustafa Dossa leaves from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.(Sandeep Mahankal/HT File Photo)

Mustafa Dossa, one of the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, died on Wednesday in Mumbai’s JJ Hospital, where he was admitted following high fever and hypertension.

Mustafa Dossa died due to cardiac arrest today at 2.30pm, said hospital dean TP Lahane.

“He already had high fever and underwent a bypass surgery some time back. He died today morning due to a severe heart attack,’ said a doctor from the hospital . He said that Dossa’s body will be moved to the morgue for a post mortem before being handed over to his family.

Earlier on Tuesday, drawing comparison with the case of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had sought capital punishment for Mustafa Dossa and other accused Firoz Khan.

“Dossa’s role is more serious than that of Yakub Memon, and Khan’s role was almost similar,” said special public prosecutor Deepak Salvi.

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Salvi called Dossa one of the ‘masterminds’ of the blasts. “Dossa instructed his men in India to execute the conspiracy. He and his elder brother Mohammad Dossa, an absconding accused, had called for the first meeting where all the gangsters had met. It was in this meeting that people were instigated to carry out the blasts in the city,” Salvi added.

Salvi said Dossa was a “driving spirit” behind the blast, and the true “architect” of the conspiracy. “Dossa sent huge consignments of arms and ammunitions through his smuggling network which was used in the blasts and had also arranged for the training of the accused. He was the archer who gave instructions to his men on where to collect the consignment and also arranged for travel of the accused to Pakistan for arms training,” said the prosecution.

(With ANI input)

First Published: Jun 28, 2017 14:41 IST

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